Durga Puja is Here Again

It’s that time of the year when we, Bengalis, celebrate our annual festival,. Durga Puja. As a friend of mine described it, it’s the second largest festival of the world, being celebrated by Bengalis worldwide. In Delhi, the place where you can watch the festival in all its glory is, of course, Chittaranjan Park (CR…

Visits from Delhi: Kolkata during Durga Puja, Part 3

Day 3 or Ashtami Puja My parents-in-law stay in a cosy neighbourhood of Kolkata, in the area known as Salt Lake. Every year residents of the Mahavir Vikas housing society, around a thousand residents, sponsor their very own Durga Puja. They not only perform all the rituals of the puja, or the offerings, they also…

Visits from Delhi: Kolkata during Durga Puja, Part 2

Day 2 or the Saptami Puja A major aspect of Durga Puja in Kolkata is visiting the various community pujas and admiring the beautifully and painstakenly created idols of Goddess Durga. Although this time I had only visited a few pandals in the Salt lake area of Kolkata, I am still mesmerised by the effort…